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What next for electricians?

Issue No. 2294

Over 150 workers attended a rank and file electricians’ meeting in London last week.

The meeting discussed the way forward after the defeat of the rogue companies’ Besna cuts.

Dean Mighel from the Australian Electricians Trade Union travelled to address them.

The meeting put together a 20-point document as a basis for any future talks on a new agreement.

Items one to five were deemed “non-negotiable”:

  • Rule 17 to be adhered to in its entirety. This would mean direct employment rather than agency work

  • An increase in the hourly rate

  • No deskilling in any shape or form

  • Proper apprenticeships

  • An end to blacklisting and nobody to be victimised who has been involved in the dispute so far

It was also agreed unanimously to start weekly protests on large sites in London, demanding direct employment.

National Rank and File meeting. Mechanics Institute, Manchester, 17 March, 12 noon

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Tue 13 Mar 2012, 18:13 GMT
Issue No. 2294
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